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Yoga Q & A

faq-463345_1280What is Yoga?

Yoga is a very old way of life that came from India many years ago.  It encourages personal health, spirituality and wellness.  It’s not a religion, although some places think it is and won’t allow it in schools.  What it really is is a way of having all parts of your body, your thoughts and your emotions be in line with each other.  What yoga is not: a religion, a circus act, too woo woo for words, just for people who are flexible, or a way to judge others.  In fact, yoga really stresses accepting others for who they are.

What do you need to practice yoga?

All you really need is a desire to learn and an open mind to try new things.  If you really apply yourself, and commit to trying yoga and learning about the practice, you will notice a difference in the way you feel, physically and emotionally.

What is Hatha Yoga?

Otherwise known as alignment yoga Hatha yoga has been around for somewhere around 5000 years.  More and more medical practitioners and therapists are using yoga for many kinds of medical conditions.  Some of the rewards of this kind of yoga are flexibility, strength, faster healing, mental clarity and emotional balance.

What can yoga replace in my regular exercise routine?

Yoga is a complete practice in itself.  Done correctly it can replace a lot of different types of exercise.  Things like weight lifting for strength, jogging or aerobics for your cardiovascular system and endurance, Tai Chi for balance, stretching for flexibility and meditation for relaxation.

Should you practice yoga?

Yes.

Okay, so that was the short answer.  J  The more direct and complete answer is yes, everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga.  High school athletes, hyperactive grade school children, people who are looking to make a major physical change and people who just want to improve their lifestyle can all benefit from yoga.

What does yoga offer me in the long term?

Yoga offers many things like mental clarity, focus, emotional stability, control of anxiety in testing situations, flexibility, increased energy, balanced energy throughout the day, and so much more.  The differences probably won’t be noticeable right away but you and your kids will undoubtedly notice a difference after sustained practice of yoga.

It might be interesting to you to spend a little bit of time learning about the different styles of yoga.  By learning more about them you will be able to have a better idea of what some of the local classes in your area are offering.  It’s important to make informed decisions before enrolling your kids in any new kind of classes.

No matter the reason for your interest in yoga for kids you and your children will absolutely benefit from the practice together.  Inform yourself, understand a bit about it, and be open to learning as you go.  You are about to embark on a great journ

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